What Does Critical Race Theory have to do with Education? An Introduction

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1:00-2:30 p.m.  4-week, 90-minute course begins Thursday 1/20

Critical race theory has become a catch phrase in the media recently. Few know or understand the reference to a legal academic theory from the 1970s, but many are concerned about its implications fifty years later, especially with respect to education. White parents and some teachers have shown serious concern that children in grades K-12 not be exposed to examples of white privilege and white supremacy. One of the big fears is that black students will blame white students for slavery. We’ll discuss that and the relevance of including black history in the classroom, integrating it into white history, and addressing inequality. Suggested reading: Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory:  An Introduction, ISBN 978-1479802760. More recent and relevant articles will be posted on the website prior to the first class. Susan Bowditch, after living in Ghana, West Africa for seven years in the 1990s, was drawn to understanding how the Atlantic slave trade originated. She has been teaching about the implications of slavery in the United States for the last eight years.